SafetyWatch: Texting + cellphone use

December 12, 2016 -  By

Most workers have phones or text messaging devices. These are a serious hazard while driving vehicles, operating equipment and even walking. Many people are killed in equipment and vehicles due to inattention caused by personal cellphone use or texting. Even talking on the phone is a distraction that takes your attention away from driving the truck or equipment. The following are some sensible rules for using devices:white_cover

  • Don’t talk, dial or text on a cellphone or other personal communication device while driving a car, truck or machine. You should use a hands-free device if permitted by your supervisor. In many states, it’s the law. Limit unnecessary conversation.
  • If you are the driver, it’s safest to use a cell phone only when the vehicle or machine is stopped, even if you have your hands free.
  • Don’t read or create text messages if you’re walking or driving, even when the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light. It’s impossible to pay full attention to your surroundings and text at the same time.
  • Be respectful of any policies your company has that restrict personal cellphone use or texting while on the job.

Source: Greenius

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